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Planning for flooding and resilient communities

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Published by Nneka Opara for TCPA in Environment and also in Central Government, Communities, Local Government

Leading housing and planning charity, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), has responded to the Prime Minister’s commitment to respond by the end of the month on the capability of the nation’s flood defences, flood response agencies and investment plans to deal with flooding, but warns that the connection between climate change and extreme weather must be centre stage along with a recognition of the role of planning and good design in creating resilient communities. 

Dr Hugh Ellis, TCPA Head of Policy said:

“Following the recent devastating flooding across the country, we welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment in PMQ’s to report back by the end of the month on the nation’s ability to plan for, and respond to, flooding.  However, in order for it to be a meaningful assessment into our capability to tackle flooding it must acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus of the role of climate change on increasing extreme weather events.

Given the growing scale and frequency of flooding, it is critical this review reconsiders the advice and resources of the planning service to deal with future extreme weather events as a result of climate change, including reversing proposed cuts to the staffing levels at the Environment Agency.

In particular, the review should acknowledge the role of good urban design, including along garden city principles, to deal with the challenges of flooding through building resilient high quality, well designed places that provide space for sustainable urban drainage, green infrastructure and enhanced biodiversity without adding cost to development. For example, green roofs can typically absorb around 50 per cent of rooftop runoff.”

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